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Newbie setting up to do ducks

Discussion in 'Bird Taxidermy' started by kickstart59, Dec 10, 2016.

  1. kickstart59

    kickstart59 Member

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    Ok so i got a bunch of ducks gifted to me to learn on. I will start on the sea ducks first to learn the wheel process. I got couple eiders, woodies, hooded mergansers , an oldsquaw, and a couple white wing scotors. So i am going to order so annealed wire and wanted to know what gauges i should order. I already got the galvanized wire.
    Any info or tips appreciated
     
  2. nate

    nate Active Member

    14 gauge is probably going to be your most common. But I would have a roll of 16 and 11 gauge on hand just in case. I use 18 Guage or floral wire for wiring the wings on standing birds
     

  3. Edrevord

    Edrevord Member

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    Hey, I'm in the same boat on birds. Been doing mammals and want to practice birds. Would be willing to pay for some different/unique birds to work with.
     
  4. boone90

    boone90 Dan Hastings

    You can only purchase pen raised "migratory" birds. It is illegal to sell/trade wild shot migratory game birds....just a friendly heads up. You need to rely on people's generosity for shot birds.
     
  5. Tanglewood Taxidermy

    Tanglewood Taxidermy Well-Known Member

    Some tools that will help you are DVDs, reference, and eventually one on one training. Much more important than your hand tools.
     
  6. mopsrdrawer67

    mopsrdrawer67 Member

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    Locally, you can have around 5 migratory birds in your freezer that you can have that are 'yours'. The rest better be tagged properly and signed by the hunter. If the DNR checked you, big fines. Be careful, play by the rules and cover yourself.
     
  7. duxrus

    duxrus Active Member

    They can have the legal possession limit of whole birds like hunters so more than just 5. ???